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Money wasted on pocket park


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Many of you may be familiar with the area just to the north of city hall. That is the area that previously had broken cement with two handicapped parking spaces. It was with anticipation that I noticed work being done on that area. Problem is, it was not fixing the parking spaces, but putting in what is called a “pocket park.” The city council and the city manager decided that would be a better use for the space. It may look better than the broken concrete but it’s not very useful. There is no seating, no parking and no identifiable useful space. With winter coming, whatever use might have been imagined for the “park” is not going to happen at least until spring. Handicapped parking was at least a year around use.

The handicapped parking is now out on Ash Street, in another area with broken concrete and only one space instead of two. It is now a much longer and painful walk to get into city hall for anyone who must count each step with a mobility aid. If you are not very careful, you will be in danger of falling if your cane or walker falls into one of the cracks. It doesn’t appear that our handicapped residents are considered when these types of decisions are made.

People who make these decisions should not be allowed to decide how to spend the three million dollars that is being asked for to build a new fire barn. I suggest, if you agree, to vote NO on the fire barn. 

Allen King

City of Cedar Springs

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Have you seen this bike?


This photo shows the suspect taking the bike. Courtesy photo.

This photo shows the suspect taking the bike. Courtesy photo.

This bike was stolen at the end of W. Ash Street, just off the White Pine Trail. Courtesy photo.

This bike was stolen at the end of W. Ash Street, just off the White Pine Trail. Courtesy photo.

Michelle Hawley sent us a message this week letting us know that someone stole her bike on Sunday, May 24, from the end of W. Ash Street, near the White Pine Trail. The bike is a Zigo Leader X2. She also had surveillance footage of the suspect, though it is a bit blurry. If you have seen this bike or have any information on who might’ve stolen it, please notify the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit at 696-1311 or Detective Hopkins  at 616-632-6100.

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